To dream of swimming represents exploration of difficult emotions. You are trying to figure out what your problems are with a relative level of comfort and objectivity. Swimming may reflect your wish to change or a big effort you are making to do something by yourself. Fend for one's self.
Alternatively, swimming may also reflect how adept you are at getting through an uncertain or negative situation on your own. Keeping yourself "in the game" when you don't now what will happen next. Dreams of swimming may also reflect a wish to challenge yourself or explore possibilities you have never explored before. Trying new things for yourself.
Swimming in dreams is common for people going through therapy or who are soul searching for help or insights into their problems.
To dream of being a good swimmer or enjoying swimming represents your skill and confidence in dealing with difficult situations or very emotional moments. Negatively, enjoying swimming may be a sign that you are enjoying negative or dangerous behavior. Carefully or responsibly "playing with fire."
To dream of doing the backstroke represents a high degree of confidence navigating uncertain or negative situations on your own. Feeling that problems are too easy to deal with. Negatively, it may be a sign that you are too confident about your ability to deal with problems or handle difficulties on your own.
To dream of swimming lessons represents waking life situations where you are learning to deal with difficult situations all on your own. It may also reflect learning to figure out your problems on your own. Preparing for the worst, learning to cope, or learning to fight. It may also symbolize your attempts to learn to accept yourself for who you really are. A common dream symbol to people recovering or coping with injuries.
Example: A woman dreamed of swimming. In waking life she had decided to temporarily cutout her boyfriend from her life to punish him for lying to her. The swimming reflected the her feelings about living life all on her own while feeling the uncertainty of her relationship's future.
Example 2: A man dreamed of swimming in a pool with a shark. In waking life he was controlling a difficult illness that doctors had dismissed that he felt could overtake him at anytime.
Example 3: A woman dreamed of swimming in a pool. In waking life she was uncertain and insecure about whether a guy she liked would ever want to date her. The swimming reflected her unwillingness to give up trying to get closer to the guy she liked while having no idea what her future prospects were. The swimming symbolizes her wish to "stay in the game" while feeling unsure about what her prospects with the guy really were.
Example 4: A woman dreamed of having swimming lessons. In waking life she was recovering the use of her hand after a serious injury.
*Please See Swimming Pool
*Please See Lifeguards
*Please See Backstroke